Posted: March 25, 2013
It was just a decade ago that workplace safety incentive programs were new on the scene.
Today, they are a commonplace approach used by small and large companies to improve
safety and reduce workers’ compensation claims and other worker injury‐related costs.
Since their adoption, believers of safety incentive programs have come to find that they are
an important element in any health and safety program, but skeptics point to a variety of
pitfalls that may actually decrease job safety.
The problem arises when companies take a cookie‐cutter approach and implement a
simplistic program in which tangible awards are provided based solely on employees
achieving a specified number of accident‐free days (free from injuries that result in lost
time or other significant cases). This kind of approach is widely believed to lead to underreporting of injuries, which can cause your organization to be unaware of – and consequently unable to fix – potentially dangerous situations in the workplace.